Leeds United are set to pursue Portuguese defender Frederico Venancio this summer, just a year after they failed to sign him.

The Yorkshire club were interested in securing the signature of the 25-year-old central defender last summer, but failed to come to any sort of deal, with Venancio spending the season on loan at Sky Bet Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday instead.

However, reports in Portugal are suggesting that Leeds are back in for Venancio this summer, as they search for a potential replacement for Swedish defender Pontus Jansson, who may be looking to leave the club this summer.

A Bola (via the Yorkshire Evening Post) report that Leeds United have been in touch with Venancio’s parent club Vitoria Setubal over the signing of the former Portugal under 21 international.

Venancio’s loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday would be described as a success. The Portuguese defender played 23 games for the Hillsborough side, scoring one goal in the process.

He obviously did enough to impress Leeds United, who fancy their chances of bringing him to Elland Road, despite the fact that they are currently without a manager.

Sheffield Wednesday are reportedly not interested in pursuing a permanent deal for Venancio, who has now returned to Portugal in order to discuss his future with his current club.

The 25-year-old graduated through the youth academy at Portuguese top flight side Vitoria Setubal, and has gone on to play over 120 times for his boyhood club.

Despite his affinity to the Portuguese club, he is said to be open to a permanent move away.

 

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